Unmarried couples lack the rights of married couples

By Richard Jackson | 14th November 2018

Two recent events have shone different lights on the government’s view of unmarried couples.    As the graph shows, marriage has been drifting out…

The Budget: an end to austerity?

By Richard Jackson | 6th November 2018

The 2018 Budget – delivered on a Monday for the first time since 1962 – produced a number of surprises, not least some high-profile…

More people working past 65

By Richard Jackson | 18th October 2018

Do you want to work into your old age? Do you fancy working past 65? The trend of rising employment levels is not limited to…

Proposed tax reform would target FAANS companies

Tax reform – taking a different view

By Richard Jackson | 18th October 2018

Tax reform has raised its head as a leading think tank has proposed a radical shake up of the UK tax system. The Institute…

The appeal of the cash ISA is waning

Losing interest in cash ISAs

By Richard Jackson | 9th October 2018

The popularity of cash ISAs is continuing to wane, according to new statistics from HMRC. With inflation persistently above interest rates, it’s not hard…

Chancellor Philip Hammond sets a late October date for the 2018 Budget

2018 Budget – trick or treat? Chancellor calls budget for late October

By Richard Jackson | 8th October 2018

The 2018 Budget has been set for Monday 29 October, setting a deadline for speculation and proposals. Mr Hammond, however, has indicated that he…

Life expectancy continues to rise in the UK

Life expectancy slows

By Richard Jackson | 28th September 2018

A paper published in August by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) casts new light on old age and life expectancy in the UK.…

Bull market

The record S&P 500 bull run

By Richard Jackson | 26th September 2018

The US stock market set a new record for the longest-ever bull market in August.   Wednesday 22 August 2019 saw the S&P 500…

Life expectancy continues to rise in the UK

Life expectancy – slowing down our old age

By Richard Jackson | 21st September 2018

A paper published in August by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) casts new light on old age and life expectancy in the UK.…

Interest rates on the way says The Bank of England

Interest rates creeping up after nine years

By Richard Jackson | 19th September 2018

The Bank of England increased the base interest rate in August to 0.75% – the second increase in 12 months. The Bank’s decision to…

Inheritance tax revenues rise

Record inheritance tax revenues ahead of simplification review

By Richard Jackson | 17th September 2018

2017/18 produced record inheritance tax (IHT) receipts according to HMRC data published in July. The latest release of the annual statistics revealed IHT produced…

UK Student loans are set to rise

Student loan interest rates increase

By Richard Jackson | 12th September 2018

The rates charged on student loans rose at the start of September. The revised terms for interest on, and repayment of, student loans were…

The Lisa may soon end following criticism in parliament.

Is the LISA’s short life about to end?

By Richard Jackson | 30th August 2018

The Lifetime ISA (LISA) may not survive after low uptake by providers and fresh criticisms from parliament. The LISA has been reviewed by the…

Income tax increases may be coming

OBR forecasts present need for tax increases in the Budget

By Richard Jackson | 23rd August 2018

The long-term outlook for government finances suggests tax increases are inevitable. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) produces medium-term financial forecasts alongside the Budget…

Tax changes will affect the residential letting market

Residential letting to get more difficult

By Richard Jackson | 20th August 2018

Draft legislation concerning residential letting, released in July, contains more bad news for those renting out residential property. The Finance Bill 2018/19 draft legislation published…

Global stock markets prove volatile after the smooth sailing of 2017

By Richard Jackson | 20th August 2018

Source: LSE   The first six months of 2018 were unpredictable times for investors as global stock markets suffered a sudden bout of volatility. The…

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